Ho! Ho! Ho! Stringing our lights around the palm trees and Santa is getting ready to surf!
Christmas in Miami is about enjoying the sunshine and gorgeous breezy
And to get into the spirit, our regular events are back with plenty of lights, shiny ornaments and
As in all public holidays, government offices, schools, post offices, banks and public libraries will close on Christmas Day. Many restaurants remain open and offer special celebratory meals, brunches, dinners, cocktails...
And this is the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous "winter" weather. Migrating birds and hybernating manatees have arrived, this is a good time for a visit to the Everglades, enjoy the beautiful wildlife or a thrilling airboat ride! Please note that some parks will be closed on Christmas Day.
Here are this year's most popular Christmas and Holiday Season events and
celebrations in Miami:
Christmas Festivals, Fairs, Parades, Tree Lightings...
Christmas Festivals, Fairs, Parades, Tree Lightings...
Santa's Echanted Forest
The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back with its 3 million lights, 92" christmas tree, and the carnival rides
for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.
Located in the heart of Miami in Tropical Park, you will no doubt see the lights from the highway as you drive past.
It is a huge
sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many
live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!
When? October 31, 2019 - January 5, 2020 - 5:00pm to Midnight
Where? Tropical Park, on the Palmetto (SR826) and Bird Road (40th Street) 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155
How Much? Adults (9-64) $37.01, Children (3-8) and Seniors 65+ $28.60, Season and express passes available.
The official kick off to the holiday season in downtown Miami takes place as Bayfront Park unveils its 50-foot tree
covered with glittering lights at the new Bayfront Marketplace popup: Bayfront Holiday Village.
The Village will be open throughout the holiday season and host great entertainment options: a collection of hand-picked shops where you can pick out that perfect gift, roller skating rink around the tree and fountain, top food truck eating options, scavenger hunts and even a Santa Paws Dog Park so you can bring your furry friend along to the festivities.
When? Saturday, November 30, 2019, tree lighting at 7:30 pm. Holiday Village will open throughout the holiday season daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Where? Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or
take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.
How Much? FREE!
Shops at Merrick Park presents its 16th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa's Arrival, sponsored by Nicklaus Children's Hospital. This is one of the largest tree lighting ceremonies and holiday celebrations in South Florida, the event will include the 50' tree-lighting, live entertainment, interactive activities, retailer pop-up stations and the highly anticipated appearance by Santa Claus.
The popular event is centered around a majestic 50-foot tree adorned with 55,000 colorful twinkling bulbs. Shops at Merrick Park will transform into a winter wonderland with live performances by the Miami Royal Ballet, Coral Gables High School Choir & Band and Miami Senior High School Marching Band plus greetings from holiday characters, giveaways and more. Shops at Merrick Park retailers will pop-up throughout the garden with special promotions and gifts.
One of the event highlights is Santa's grand arrival down San Lorenzo Avenue on the Coral Gables Fire Department's fire truck.
When? Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where? Shops at Merrick Park at 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables FL 33146
How Much? FREE! Attendees are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys for children in care of Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Toy contributors and others can enter to win a variety of exciting prizes from Shops at Merrick Park plus tickets to a performance of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Pembroke Pines Snowfest and Christmas Tree Lighting
Walking in a Winter Wonderland!!! There will be 75 tons of snow in which to play, a Polar Express slide, Holiday Carousel and a Gingerbread bouncer, just to name a few of the many exciting activities featured. Children can make their own Santa Trail Mix, create and take art projects and enjoy reindeer games. The air will also be filled with the sounds of the holidays with over 500 performers on the holiday stage.
And don't miss the 30-ft Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 pm at the Plaza.
When? Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Where? Charles F. Dodge City Center at 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines
How Much? Tickets required for snow area only $5, children under 2 free, accompanying adults do not require tickets. You can get tickets in advance for $4 at several Pembroke Pines locations. See below for more info.
Sailboats, Yachts, Barges, Gondolas, Kayaks... ANYTHING that floats, all decked up with thousands of lights and a merry spirit, traversing the
waters of the intracoastal, what could be more fun this holiday season?!
On its 48th year, the Winterfest Boat Parade has become
one of the most awaited events, this year the Ft. Lauderdale shoreline will be coming alive once again.
Some fantastic entries and surprises in the past have included a floating bus, the Galleria Mall reindeer barge, a fire truck, Mickey and Minnie... can't wait for this year's parade!
When?: Saturday December 14, 2019 - sails at 6:30 p.m. ends approximately 10:30 p.m.
Where?: Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach. Parade starts at the New River where parading boats will be
lining up west from Stranahan House to the Performing Arts Center, then
move along towards the Intracoastal where they start heading up. Parade ends just south of Atlantic Blvd, at Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach
How Much?: Free along parade route! See map below.
Where to watch?: Grandstand viewing areas available at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park where reserved seating can be
purchased in advance: adults $25, children under 10 $20. Add $5 for shuttle, you park your car at the Galleria Mall and a shuttle will bring you to the designated area at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
Entry to the park if not viewing from the Grandstand is $5. There will be no parking inside the park on the day of the parade, so either walk-in, or
take the Park and Ride shuttle for $5 per person. The gates open at 3:30 pm, so bring your beach chair.
Watch from the water aboard a Riverfront Cruise! This is a 5-hour round-trip cruise from 6:00pm to 11:00pm departing from the New River Canal in Downtown Fort Lauderdale as you follow along the parade. Tickets are $65 and include a Winter BBQ Buffet, there is a cash bar onboard.
›› More Info and Booking Winterfest Boat Parade Cruise
Great spots to catch the parade is at one of the many bridges over the intracoastal at:
Miami's winter wonderland is back this year. To help bring on the magical flurry, Dolphin Mall will be giving away enchanted wands to children under the age of 12 (while supplies last). At the start of each nightly snowfall, young magicians are encouraged to wave their wands around to unleash the blizzard and create the glistening winter wonderland.
In addition, while you're at the mall, you can visit Santa and become a flight crew at Santa's Flight Academy. Here, cadets are fitted with a virtual flight suit and will partner up with a helpful elf to inspect and power Santa's sleigh and navigate the best course for the big day. The experience culminates with a snowfall dance party and, of course, time with Santa who will greet his crew members.
When? Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 27, 2019 - January 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm, additional snowfall at 9:00 pm. No blizzard on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Santa's Flight Academy from November 7 through December 24 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where? The Ramblas Plaza at Dolphin Mall
How Much? FREE! Wands will be distributed to participating families 30 minutes prior to start of each nightly snowfall, first come first served.
A Chinese Lantern Festival with a very Miami tropical twist! Taking place in Jungle Island where 13 acres of the park's environs will be decked out with humongous brightly lit silk lanterns featuring four different themes portraying the diverse animal and plant life found in the park. Certainly a fantastic way to explore wildlife and adventure in a new light.
Starting October 5, 2019 and running through early January 2020, the exhibits will be a very festive addition to the holidays!
When? October 5, 2019 - January 8, 2020 - 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where?Jungle Island at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami, Florida 33132
How Much? Adults $38.50 $30.80, Children $33.00 $26.40
What?: Over 50 boats all decked up in holiday gear and parading in the waters of Biscayne Bay...
Food Vendors, Bounce House, DJ at Bayfront Park, the official viewing site
Fireworks Show! When?: Saturday December 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Fireworks at 9:00 pm
Where?: Official viewing site is Bayfront Park
Parade Route: The parade will begin at the Miami Outboard Club continuing along Government Cut towards Downtown Miami, passing the Miami Children Museum, Bayside and Bayfront Park. The parade route will turn around at Brickell Key, once again passing Bayfront Park, Bayside, and then American Airlines Arena.
How Much?: FREE. The Club will be collecting new unwrapped toys to be donated to the children of the City Of Miami, donations can be made at The Miami Outboard Club and various sponsor retail locations.
What?: Santa Claus visits the chimpanzees at Lion Country Safari's Chimp Islands, bearing wrapped gifts for the chimps. This is the only opportunity throughout the entire year that guests can get out of their vehicles (at the chimp islands) to watch the chimps receive presents!
When?: Thursday, December 19, 2019 starting at 10:30 am (arrive by 9:30am to allow time to get through the preserve)
Where?:Lion Country Safari How Much?: Adult $39, Senior $35, Child (3-9) $30, Parking $8 per vehicle
Yes it's Christmas in the sand! Don't miss this year's Santa's traditional candy giveaway along Fort Lauderdale Beach!
With twinkling eyes and smiling faces, Santa and his elves will begin spreading holiday cheer along Fort Lauderdale Beach Park distributing candy canes with glee.
When?: Friday December 20, 2019 - Motorcade with Santa begins at noon and expected to arrive at Ft. Lauderdale Beach at 12:45 p.m.
Where?: 600 Seabreeze Boulevard (Promenade just north of Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park)
Parade Route: The motorcade will begin at the Ft. Lauderdale Police Headquarters and proceed towards the Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub at Las Olas and A1A.
How Much?: FREE!
Zoo Lights and Holiday Gifts For The Animals at Zoo Miami
It's that magical time of the year as the park transforms into a fabulous array of shimmering trees and dazzling (animal-shaped of course) lights that
adorn every corner of this fantastic animal kingdom.
And during the day, the best part is watching all our fluffy fellows open their Christmas presents...
What else? Carousel rides, photo with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa... (additional fees)
When?: Gifts with the Animals: Select dates from November 30 - December 29, 2019, check for the daily schedule
Zoo Lights: Select nights from November 29 - December 29, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where?: Zoo Miami at 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
How Much?: Gifts for the Animals is Free with Zoo Admission. Check Zoo Miami website for schedule.
Zoo Lights: $9.95 plus tax
With this 60-degree weather, what better way to warm up and get ready into the holiday spirit with family and friends than with
some Snow, Holiday Treats, Hot chocolate and much more while you can meet Santa Claus, Nix the Snowman and Sprinkle the Gingerbread Cookie
at a beautiful illuminated Forest.
Holiday treats, hay rides, face painting, paddleboat rides, Santa, pony rides, and many more activities for kids!
When?: Select dates from December 14, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Where?: Pinto Farm at 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL 33170
How Much?: Winterland Unlimited - all ages $19, children under one free, includes paddle boat rides, hay rides, pony rides, race track, petting zoo. Groupon 2 for $29.
The holiday tradition you love will become even more magical...
A vibrant and animated winter wonderland comes to life, featuring appearances by The Sugarplum Fairy, toy soldiers, and mischievous mice, all while retaining George Balanchine's iconic choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score.
The beloved classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical.
New World Symphony Holiday WALLCAST® Concert: Sounds of the Season
These are live music performances by the New World Symphony which are projected into a 7,000 square-foot wall at the New World Center for thousands to enjoy in a fantastic outdoor atmosphere.
This month, NWS presents a festive program celebrating the holiday season, offering audience members an opportunity to gather and share music with friends and family. It's 100% cheer as the NWS Fellows perform the season's favorites while decked out in their finest and funniest holiday costumes.
When?December 21, 2019 - Sounds of the Season - 7:30 pm
Where? SoundScape Park at 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
One of the world's most magical adaptations of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker pirouettes its way into The Fillmore Miami Beach with close to 40 renowned dancers that bring to life the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas Eve and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince.
Filled with larger-than-life puppets and nesting dolls, handmade Victorian-style costumes, gasp-inducing special effects and sets created by La La Land designer Carl Sprague, this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the whole family.
The legendary National Ballet Theater of Odessa with its 55 talented and brightest ballet stars, bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life.
This full-scale production, set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows the heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell...
Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert recreates the beauty of Vienna's golden era and this year's concert will feature a brilliant new program of Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from beloved operettas performed by acclaimed European singers, champion ballroom dancers, ballet, and live symphony orchestra.
The first effortless notes of the eternal Blue Danube Waltz will welcome you into a triumphant 2019!
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Services
Bright poinsettias, twinkling lights, wonderful nativity scenes, children caroling and the fragrance of firs and incense filling the church, the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass has been a beautiful tradition for as long as I can remember. All our places of worship and the communities go out of their way to welcome and share in the spirit and purpose of the Christmas celebrations.
Here are some places you can attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in Miami
Saint Patrick Catholic Church - 3716 Garden Avenue, Miami Beach 33140
Phone (305) 531-1124
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Multi-Lingual
Christmas Day: English: 8:00 am, 9:30am, 11:00am
Spanish: 12:30pm, 7:00pm
Church of the Little Flower 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables 33134
Phone (305) 446-9950
Chritmas Eve Cantata: 11:30 pm
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Bi-Lingual
Christmas Day: English: 9:00am, 10:30am, 5:30pm
The Annual Living Nativity at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church
Let's herald the Christmas season with a live, open-air reenactment of the Christmas Story.
Featuring live camels, donkeys, goats and sheep, along with an innovative mix of digital and live-action characters, including Mary, Joseph,
Jesus, the prophets, angels, the Wise Men and more!
This spectacular depiction, complete with narration, digital projections and a choir, is fun for the entire family!
When? December 14 and 15, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where? Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, 602 NE 96th Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138
How Much? FREE and open to the public. Volunteers for set up and spot participants: angels, shepherds, villagers, etc. welcome!